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Driver banned after drunken ride

PUBLISHED: 16:24 16 August 2002 | UPDATED: 12:28 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK drink driver who drank because his wife threw him out, could face jail.

Ian Freston was more than three times over the legal limit when he was stopped in his Vauxhall Cavalier on the A14 at Bucklesham on May 11.

A SUFFOLK drink driver who drank because his wife threw him out, could face jail.

Ian Freston was more than three times over the legal limit when he was stopped in his Vauxhall Cavalier on the A14 at Bucklesham on May 11.

South East Suffolk Magistrates heard that Freston, 42, of Seven Acres, Newbourne Road, Waldringfield, had an argument with his wife and was told to leave the marital home.

Gareth Davies, prosecuting, said Freston was "distraught".

"He went to Tesco nearby and purchased alcohol, he then consumed some in the car park," said Mr Davies.

He said that Freston drove onto the A12 and lost control of his car at the Foxhall roundabout. Freston then drove off the road into a ditch and then back onto the road at "high speeds" to the Seven Hills interchange.

Witnesses were drawn to Freston's "manner of driving and relatively high speed" before he finally plunged his Cavalier into the back of an Audi which was at the back of a queue of stationary vehicles. No one was seriously injured, the court heard.

Freston, who had 245 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood pleaded guilty to drink driving and to dangerous driving.

Ian Devine, mitigating, said Freston was of previous good character and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity. He added that the actual speed Freston was travelling at was not known by the court.

Mr Devine reminded magistrates that they were limited to sentencing drink drivers to a maximum of six months in prison.

Magistrates ordered a pre-sentence report and told Freston to return to court on September 6 to be sentenced or committed to Crown Court for sentencing.

Freston was told that all the court sentencing options, including prison, would remain open. He was disqualified from driving and released on bail in the interim.

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